The impact of cold on the skin

L'impact du froid sur la peau

If in winter you often experience feelings of tightness and itching , this is completely normal. The cold tends to attack and dry out the barrier that serves as a boundary between our body and the external environment. Discover in this article, the impact of the great winter cold on our skin and our tips to better protect ourselves against it.

What happens when it's cold?

First, you should know that the skin is the organ most exposed to the weather. At the same time, it plays a major role in regulating body temperature. For information, the external temperature of the skin is 30°C. It should also be noted that the epidermis regenerates approximately every 30 to 40 days.

However, this process can be disrupted when the skin is seriously exposed to aggressions such as cold. When our body is exposed to cold, the small vessels in the skin constrict and contract to maintain body temperature at 37°C. This phenomenon makes it possible to reduce the loss of heat from our body.

But when the small vessels in the skin contract, the skin cells are no longer optimally nourished or irrigated. As this is not enough, the cold never comes alone and is always accompanied by wind. This tends to dry out the skin. Very quickly, you end up with hard and cracked skin.

In addition, the cold alters the sensory nerves and skin receptors, resulting in a peeling effect. In these cases, it is important to intensely moisturize the skin . But is it enough?

How to protect the skin from the winter cold?

The skin needs our full attention during the winter periods. Contrary to popular belief which says that the frequency of washing should be limited, it is absolutely recommended to thoroughly cleanse the face morning and evening in order to eliminate all traces of impurities. To do this, you can use our Micelliance micellar water to cleanse traces of make-up, as well as our Cleanactyl gentle cleansing gel to deeply remove particles of pollution, excess sebum and sweat.

Then, it is important to intensely moisturize the skin morning and evening with a cream or oil. It is strongly recommended to add an ultra nourishing serum to your night cream to:

  • strengthen cell renewal,
  • help the skin to repair and regenerate after being exposed to aggressions
  • help the skin to better face the new day by strengthening the skin barrier.

During the cold season, it is best to use a soothing product to combat the feeling of tightness and itching. Do not forget to drink regularly every day to better hydrate the body, you can especially abuse hot drinks, which are excellent not only for the skin, but also for the whole organism.

Finally, pay particular attention to sensitive or weakened areas such as the eye contour , lips and hands. The best is to use nourishing, moisturizing and repairing skincare products. If possible, wear a scarf or a covering hood and gloves to better protect the face and hands from the extreme cold.

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